Access all areas: HRB introduces new approach to publishing research results

The Health Research Board (HRB) is to launch a new publishing platform that will enable HRB–funded researchers to publish all research outputs quickly, in an open and transparent way.

HRB Open Research will be among the first open publishing systems pioneering a global shift towards open science and transparent publishing models. The platform will be the first of its kind in Ireland and is built using services developed and tested by F1000.

Key benefits include:

  • rapid publication of results
  • authors, not editors, choose what is published
  • open, transparent peer review
  • publication of source data increases re-analysis, replication and re-use of data and results.

All HRB Open Research publication charges will be covered by the HRB and the platform will launch in February 2018. Because researchers will be able to publish any and all results, rather than standard articles as encouraged by more traditional journals, fewer results will end up filed away, which reduces duplication of work and of funding.

HRB Open Research will provide all HRB-funded researchers with a platform to immediately publish any research results they think are worth sharing.  This could include research articles, null results, case reports, small findings and the data underlying their results (subject to data protection policies). The model helps address significant issues faced by the research community at the moment, such as research waste, reproducibility and rising publication costs.

The open data policy, which requires publication of all supporting research data together with an article, reinforces the HRB’s commitment to research integrity, reproducibility and transparency. This is of particular importance with current concerns around what has been described as the ‘reproducibility crisis’ – the failure to replicate the results of previous experiments. A recent survey has found that 70% of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce the experiments of others.*

According to Dr Mairead O Driscoll,

'We want the research we fund to be open and accessible, so that results are available quickly and can have the widest possible impact. HRB Open Research will achieve this, which in turn will increase the speed at which research results can be applied in practice to improve people’s health, change approaches to care and inform policy'.

A process of open peer review, post-publication, helps limit editorial bias and increase speed of publication. The approach allows users to see who has reviewed an article, as well as their comments on the published work in line with the HRB principles of transparency, fairness and accountability. Once a sufficient level of peer review has been reached the articles will be indexed in major bibliometric databases.  

HRB Open research will be in good company as it joins Wellcome Open Research (launched November 2016) and Gates Open Research (launching autumn 2017). These are publication platforms with the same transparent peer review model operated on behalf of the two largest private funders of biomedical research world, the UK-based charity Wellcome and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  All platforms are based on technology developed on F1000Research, which first launched in 2013.

Dr Rebecca Lawrence, Managing Director of F1000, said:

'It is really heartening to see the HRB taking the lead in becoming the first public funding agency to launch a publication platform, following quickly in the footsteps of Wellcome and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In doing so, they show that they are committed to transparency and the ‘free flow of information across national and international research communities’ as they state in their open access policy'.

You can find out more about HRB Open Research at

*1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility:


For more information contact:

Shane Canning, Head of Communications, F1000
+44 79 2058 6436, e

Gillian Markey, Communications Manager, Health Research Board
m +353 87 2288514, e

F1000 provides a suite of services to support researchers in discovering literature, and then writing and communicating their own work. F1000Prime helps with literature discovery; F1000Workspace makes it easier to write and share articles; F1000Research provides an author-driven approach to the publication of research results in an immediate and transparent way. F1000 also works with funders and research institutions to ensure their grantees can publish the outputs of their funding in more rapid and open ways.  

The Health Research Board (HRB) is the lead agency in Ireland responsible for supporting and funding health research, information and evidence. We are motivated and inspired by our vision; Healthy people through excellent research and applied knowledge.